Advent Calendar – 10th December: Manchester City 10-1 Huddersfield Town

With Advent now under way and the countdown to Christmas now on, Typical City is looking at an incident, player or match specific to the club that corresponds with each date. In today’s edition, Rob Toole looks back to when City put 10 past Huddersfield Town…

It is not very often that your team score ten goals so when such an occasion comes around it is usually pretty special. The last time that City managed such a feat was 28 years ago on 7th November 1987 when they beat Huddersfield Town 10-1 at Maine Road. On the day, three players (Paul Stewart, Tony Adcock and David White) bagged hat-tricks and even a former City player, Andy May, grabbed a consolation for the Terriers. To put the result into context, City’s highest scoring win prior to this match was 11-3 against Lincoln City in 1895.

Image from www.manchestercityprogrammes.co.uk

Image from www.manchestercityprogrammes.co.uk

As I was only five months old at the time of the game I have no recollection of the game. The following extract from Paul Lake’s excellent autobiography I’m Not Really Here: A Life Of Two Halves describes the proceedings:

The 20,000 or so supporters who headed for Maine Road on Saturday 7th November probably wouldn’t have been bursting with excitement. We certaintly hadn’t been setting the world alight and Malcolm MacDonald’s men were down in the doldrums, so a mass feeling of apathy amongst our fans would have been more than understandable.

The match started off as a tight, tense and evenly matched affair until Neil McNab broke the deadlock in the 12th minute with a scorching left foot strike. The players embraced our number ten while the home fans celebrated in the stands, none of us possibly knowing that we were on the verge of one of City’s most celebrated scorelines. Neily’s net buster had effectively opened the floodgates, and by the interval we were 4-0 up, courtesy of further goals from Paul Stewart, Tony Adcock and David White. The fans enjoying their half-time bovril must have been delighted with proceedings. However, I wouldn’t have blamed any of them having a flutter on a score drawat one of the nearby betting stands, such was our inconsistency at that time.

As it happened, anyone waging a tenner on a 10-1 thrashing would have collected a tidy little windfall.

The second half was the most one sided 45 minutes that I’ve ever played in, a masterclass of neat passing, sublime touches, blisterring pace and superb finishing. Huddersfield simply crumbled under the pressure, unable to withstand the onslaught from a City team on fire. Eric Nixon in goal was rarely troubled but remained steadfast. Ahead of him, Reddo and Gibby kept us rock solid in defence. Further upfield Paul Simpson was our chief linchpin, controlling the midfield brilliantly and acting as provider extraordinaire. And spearheading the attack was our top notch trio of White (great pace), Stewart (great power) and Adcock (great touch), whose well deserved hat-tricks helped us coast our way to double figures. As the match neared it’s conclusion, a chant of “We want 11” rang out from the Kippax Stand.

City XI: Nixon, Gidman, Hinchcliffe, Clements, Lake, Redmond, White, Stewart, Adcock, McNab, Simpson

Scorers: McNab(12), Stewart(28, 66, 81), Adcock(34, 53, 68), White(40, 85, 89)

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Written by Rob Toole

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2 comments on “Advent Calendar – 10th December: Manchester City 10-1 Huddersfield Town
  1. I tried to talk my boy Jonpaul, then a 7year old and City daft out of going, he insisted. It was a wet, miserable and cold afternoon, l wanted the pub him the match, l said I’d treat him to something if he relented-he refused. Off we went,me reluctantly, him enthusiastically. What we witnessed was a great day in City’s history and we often speak about it all these years later and say we were there, thanks son, Dad.

  2. I was at the game. Seriously, Huddersfield were the better side until McNab scored but then fell apart, with Paul Simpson their chief tormentor. The visitors seemed to be trying to catch us offside close to the half way line but weren’t adept at the tactic (manager Malcolm McDonald said afterwards that he didn’t understand why they played like that as it wasn’t what they’d planned), so we kept getting behind them and they paid the price.

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